Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair to calling for reparations at Sunday service
On Feb. 25, the Montclair Township Council passed a resolution in support of the Reparations Task Force Act for New Jersey (A938/S386), joining Newark and Trenton in this public support. Since, Essex County, Mercer County, Plainfield, South Orange and Maplewood have also passed similar resolutions.
"It is time for this advocacy to become action," the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair said in an announcement of its upcoming service.
The congregation's co-ministers — the Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, who is a member of the Faith Allies for a Reparations Task Force (a group working closely with the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice), and the Rev. Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael — will preach an “Open Letter to Governor Murphy on the need for Reparations in the Slave State of the North.” The service will be shared in-person and virtually.
"This will be a call to our New Jersey legislators to put forward the Reparations Task Force Act and to support its passage," the congregation said in the announcement.
The congregation has taken on reparations as its singular justice issue, it said. It has more information on its work at uumontclair.org/reparations-action. New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is leading the campaign “Say the World Reparations.” More information at that campaign is at njisj.org/saytheword.
The service will be 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 27, in-person at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, at Montclair at 67 Church St., or virtually via Facebook or YouTube by using the links at the top of uumontclair.org.